Federal Pell Grants

Important: Lifetime Pell Grant eligibility changes; The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74) reduced the maximum time frame during which a student is eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant to a maximum of 12 full semesters (or its part-time equivalent) effective with the 2012–13 award year. Therefore, a student's Pell Grant lifetime eligibility usage may not exceed 600 percent.

Federal Pell Grants are available to matriculated first-degree undergraduate students only. Eligibility is determined by a federal formula established by Congress using information gathered from the FAFSA and additional requirements. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award for the 2014–15 award year will be $5,730.

We also strongly recommend that you read the Guide to Enhanced Financial Aid Self-Service Information in CUNYfirst.

Winter Financial Aid:

Winter session is an add-on to the spring and, as such, will have no additional financial aid attached to it. However, if you are going to be part-time and are Pell eligible for the spring, here are a few scenarios which may be to your advantage, keep in mind that you are only entitled to one full-time Pell award per semester;

  • Winter Enrollment

    Spring Enrollment

    Combined Spring Enrollment

    Less than Half-Time

    Not Enrolled

    Less than Half-Time

    Less than Half-Time

    Less than Half-Time

    Half-Time

    Less than Half-Time

    Half-Time

    Three-Quarter Time

    Less than Half-Time

    Three-Quarter Time

    Full-Time

    Less than Half-Time

    Full-Time

    Full-Time

    Half-Time

    Not Enrolled

    Half-Time

    Half-Time

    Less than Half-Time

    Three-Quarter Time

    Half-Time

    Half-Time

    Full-Time

    Half-Time

    Three-Quarter Time

    Full-Time

    Half-Time

    Full-Time

    Full-Time

    Three Quarter-Time

    Not Enrolled

    Three-Quarter Time

    Three Quarter-Time

    Less than Half-Time

    Full-Time

    Three Quarter-Time

    Half-Time

    Full-Time

    Three Quarter-Time

    Three-Quarter Time

    Full-Time

    Three Quarter-Time

    Full-Time

    Full-Time

    Full-Time

    Not Enrolled

    Full-Time

    Full-Time

    Less than Half-Time

    Full-Time

    Full-Time

    Half-Time

    Full-Time

    Full-Time

    Three-Quarter Time

    Full-Time

    Full-Time

    Full-Time

    Full-Time

    Your spring 2015 Pell award will be valued at your "Combined Enrollment". However, due to winter and spring being billed separately, you will incur additional charges and may have to cover these additional expenses out of pocket or through other financial/financial aid sources. 

Definitions: 
Less than Half-Time - registered between .01 to 5.9 credits total.
Half-Time - registered between 6 to 8.9 credits total.
Three-Quarter Time - registered between 9 to 11.9 credits total.
Full-Time - registered for 12+ credits total. 

IMPORTANT: Any winter session course that you receive a W grade of any kind, will not be counted toward your spring 2015 financial aid eligibility.

Back-end Pell

If a student wishes to use part of their Pell award to cover their current summer 2015 tuition, they must have a partially unused award from the prior fall and/or spring semesters (e.g., a student registered for 12 credits (fall 2014) and nine credits (spring 2015). A student can use and is entitled to the Pell remainder to fund their summer 2015 sessions of study only. The Summer 2014 process is now closed.

Front-end Pell

Due to the repeal of the provision allowing for a second Pell Grant in one award year, students will no longer be able to receive Pell Grants for primary use during the summer sessions. No student will be eligible to receive more than one Pell Grant scheduled award, which means that students will only be awarded for the fall and spring semesters of study, beginning with the 2011–12 award year.

Example: Students who wish to receive a summer 2014 Pell award, derived from the 2014–15 award year, will have to reallocate part or all of their future fall 2014 or spring 2015 award in order to have it applied against their summer tuition bill. These awards are by student request and a Summer Front-End Pell Request Form must be completed and submitted to the Enrollment Services Center. This will also hold true for every summer semester moving forward.